As a rule of thumb I tend to walk. I have a 2 wheeled cart and am OK to push it and play without a caddie. The only courses I would prefer to have a cart is one where there are a lot of steep uphills. I find it more tiring to climb than it should be. I suppose being unfit and time catching up to me has that effect.
I have never objected to a cart but rarely see a need to pay separately for that. If it is built into the green fee or is mandatory, I will use the cart. Of course carts tend to be quicker and less exhausting so that is a big plus.
Going to bed early. Since it's already the 14th in Gander, Newfoundland (an airport I know well) I'll post Rule 14.
A stand-alone Rule (old Rule 20) that we cannot live without!
Rule 14 - Procedures for Ball: Marking, Lifting and Cleaning; Replacing on Spot; Dropping in Relief Area; Playing from Wrong Place
What’s new for 2019:
RELIEF AREA - A semicircle or portion thereof with a radius of either one or two club-lengths where a player must drop when taking relief. (Definition)
DROPPING - A player must drop from knee height and the ball must be dropped into and come to rest in the relief area. The player may either drop the original ball or they may substitute a ball. (R14.3)
Purpose of Rule: Rule 14 covers when and how the player may mark the spot of a ball at rest and lift and clean the ball and how to put a ball back into play so that the ball is played from the right place.
When a lifted or moved ball is to be replaced, the same ball must be set down on its original spot.
When taking free relief or penalty relief, a substituted ball or the original ball must be dropped in a particular relief area.
A mistake in using these procedures may be corrected without penalty before the ball is played, but the player gets a penalty if he or she plays the ball from the wrong place.
The parts of the Rule:
14.1 Marking, Lifting and Cleaning Ball
14.2 Replacing Ball on Spot
14.3 Dropping Ball in Relief Area
14.4 When Player’s Ball is Back in Play after Original Ball Was Out of Play
14.5 Correcting Mistake Made in Substituting, Replacing, Dropping or Placing Ball
14.6 Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made
14.7 Playing from Wrong Place
Relevant Interpretations for Rule 14:
Few of us know the contents of every Interpretation, however it’s helpful to review the titles from time to time. I’ll list the ones for Rule 14 here, read through them, you never know when you might need one. Admittedly, some of it is very obscure stuff.
For example, look at the very first one. One day you might mark your ball and then lift it with the back of your Ping Anser. Bozo, your opponent, will start to yell that you lose the hole because, “You can’t do that.” Guess what, you already know you can and you whip out your phone go to the Rules app and shut him up. Sweet!
14.1a/1 Ball May Be Lifted in Any Manner
14.1a/2 Marking Ball Correctly
14.1c/1 Player Must Be Careful When Lifted Ball May Not Be Cleaned
14.2b(2)/1 Player Drops Ball When Ball Is to Be Replaced
14.2c/1 Ball May Be Replaced in Almost Any Orientation
14.2c/2 Removal of Loose Impediment from Spot Where Ball to Be Replaced
14.2d(2)/1 Altered Lie Might Be “Nearest Spot with Lie Most Similar”
14.2e/1 Player Must Take Penalty Relief When Spot Where Ball Will Remain at Rest Is Nearer Hole
14.2/1 Ball Does Not Need to Be Replaced on Original Spot When Player Will Play From Another Place
14.3b(2)/1 Ball May Fall Only a Short Distance When Dropped from Knee Height
14.3c(1)/1 What to Do When Dropped Ball Moves After Coming to Rest Against a Player’s Foot or Equipment
14.3c(2)/1 Ball Dropped in Right Way Twice That Comes to Rest Outside Relief Area Might Be Placed Outside Relief Area
14.3c(2)/2 Where to Place Ball Dropped in Right Way Twice in Relief Area with a Bush in It
14.3c/1 Relief Area Includes Everything in Relief Area
14.3c/2 Ball May Be Dropped in No Play Zone
14.4/1 Placed Ball Is Not in Play Unless There Was Intent to Put It in Play
14.4/2 Test Drops Are Not Allowed
14.5b(3)/1 Player May Change Relief Areas When Dropping Again for Back-On-the-Line Relief
14.5b(3)/2 Player May Change Areas of the Course in the Relief Area When Dropping Again
14.7b/1 Player Gets Penalty for Each Stroke Made from Area Where Play Is Not Allowed
14.7b/2 Ball in Wrong Place If Club Strikes Condition Relief Was Taken From